September 10, 2018

18.7M pills lost due to healthcare employee misuse and theft

The first half of 2018 proved that clinical drug diversion continues to threaten the ability of healthcare organizations to provide high-quality patient care and to ensure safe medication administration. Earlier this year, Protenus’ independent research team published a report of our 2017 findings on this topic, which included a detailed explanation of the report’s full methodology and scope. The first six months of 2018 offered a means to compare and contrast the current landscape to what the 2017 data revealed. In this report, we’ll examine possible explanations behind the continuities and evolutions we observed.

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September 21, 2017

It's Fantasy Football Season, Privacy Officers. You Know What That Means, Right?

In 2015 and 2016, Protenus found that the privacy of professional athletes’ medical records was violated equal to or more than any other VIP or celebrity category. The majority of these privacy violators were repeat offenders. Why? In many cases, Protenus found that football enthusiasts were looking for a competitive edge in their fantasy league by looking at the athlete's records to identify injuries or other types of vulnerabilities.  

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June 26, 2017

Protecting VIP Patient Privacy

Celebrities, public figures, and their family members are especially vulnerable to inappropriate accesses to their medical records, given the public’s interest in their lives and well-being.  After experiencing a health crisis or death, VIPs are often thrust into the spotlight where intense media scrutiny occurs.  It is their health or insurance provider’s responsibility to ensure these patients’ private medical information is protected.  It is often reported that members of the media will try to pay hospital employees to sneak into a VIP’s electronic medical records to obtain private information, giving reporters the inside scoop—a serious breach of the patient’s rights under the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

Register here for an upcoming webinar focused on practices and technologies for protecting VIP privacy in the EHR. 

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January 31, 2017

2016 Averaged at Least One Health Data Breach Per Day, Affecting More Than 27M Patient Records

The healthcare industry was plagued by breaches involving patient or health data throughout 2016, with hacking and ransomware incidents reminding us how vulnerable protected health information (PHI) remains. We’d love to tell you that by the end of the year things were starting to improve, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. Even as healthcare leaders became increasingly aware of the importance of health data protection, the number of breach incidents remained relatively steady each month of the year, highlighting the continued threat to patient data.

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January 25, 2017

OCR audits: An opportunity to understand patient privacy

Was your organization or hospital subject to an OCR phase 2 audit in 2016? Chances are no, considering only a small subset of 167 healthcare providers, plans, and clearinghouses found themselves in this position. In 2017, on-site audits will begin, and it’s safe to say that OCR audits are just getting started.

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